Paul Thiebaut III, CEO, Founder, Board Chair
Paul began a slow walk toward founding 10BH when he was held back in 2nd grade due to reading delays. Predictably, he dropped out of high school. Yet in 2007, Paul began a private tutoring practice, the same year he earned his Bachelors in Economics from San Jose State University. It was during this period when the conception of an educational nonprofit, providing home tutoring to underprivileged children, began for Paul. In 2009, he left graduate school and began collecting books to donate in East Palo Alto. He then filed 10BH’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit application and never looked back. Paul grew up near East Palo Alto and had many friends there, empathizing with their hardships firsthand. His experience with youth at the YMCA and College Track aided in his understanding of unmet community needs. In 2007, Paul moved to East Palo Alto and by 2009, his mission had solidified, to help children succeed by empowering both them and their parents. (Watch Paul present his vision to the Women's Club of Palo Alto)
Shirley Garcia, Program Coordinator
Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Shirley moved to the United States at a very young age, making East Palo Alto her home. After her kindergarten year, Shirley and her family returned to Guatemala, where she was unable to attend school. At the age of 11, upon returning to East Palo Alto, Shirley began 6th grade at East Palo Alto Charter School. She worked extremely hard to catch up, as Shirley had to learn to read and write in both her native language and English. Throughout grade school, Shirley benefited from the support of teachers, tutors, and her strong will to learn. Shirley now holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Arts and Photography from San Jose State University. She has experience coordinating volunteers, supporting a homework program, and organizing events for Jubilee Christian Center, as well as supporting an after school homework program at East Palo Alto Charter School. Shirley will put her experience to work supervising and supporting families and Role Models in 10BH’s Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program.
Jasmin Askew, Outreach Manager
Raised in a single parent household, Jasmin experienced the educational struggles many low-income families face. After early difficulties learning to read and write, Jasmin's mother enrolled her in a Montessori School where personalized, individual instruction set the platform for her to become the first in her family to graduate from college and later obtain a Master’s Degree. Jasmin earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Masters from Malmo University in Sweden. Jasmin's experience in outreach and recruitment comes from years of organizing community events for the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and recruiting volunteers for Boys & Girls’ Clubs of Silicon Valley. Jasmin’s expertise in community outreach will help to recruit new families and role models for 10BH. She will also work in conjunction with the CEO to coordinate special events such as book drives and recognition events.
Board of Directors
Serge Ostrovski, CFO and Board Member
Serge was born in Latvia and immigrated to the US in his early teens. He spent time growing up in some rough SF neighborhoods, but his parents were very insistent that education was a passport to a life full of options. If you asked his parents, Serge was destined to go to college. In 2007, he graduated with an accounting degree from SFSU and currently is employed as a financial analyst. Serge has volunteered as a board member and CFO since the nonprofit was founded.
Jonathan Thomas, Board Member
Born in the Bay Area, Jonathan grew up in East Palo Alto during some of its worst years. He went to grade school and high school in East Palo Alto before going to Harvard University to obtain his undergraduate degree in English. Since Jonathan was thirteen, he has worked in a multitude of educational settings, working with children between the ages of preschool and high school. Jonathan found out about 10 Books A Home through its founder Paul not long after its creation in July 2009. He has been an active member of the organization ever since, serving as a board member and tutoring three children. Jonathan’s commitment to his community and his passion for education makes him a perfect fit with the mission and goals of 10BH. Currently, Jonathan is employed in the education and health care sectors.
Korey Belanger, Secretary of the Board
Korey Belanger has been volunteering with 10 Books A Home since September 2012 as the Social Media Coordinator. In this role, Korey helps develop and manage social media strategies on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram (with hopefully more outlets to come!). Korey joined 10BH's board in July 2013 and works with staff to accomplish key tasks and office responsibilities in addition to her role as the secretary of the board. Korey is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics and a minor in Spanish. She grew up as a Navy Brat and most recently moved from the Washington, D.C. area. With her love of books and experience with non-profits, she hopes to help make 10 Books A Home a household name.
Financial Management, Debbie Lundquist
Debbie is a seasoned finance executive with over 25+ years experience in public accounting, technology, travel and retail. Prior to joining Luxe International, Debbie was CFO of a large publicly traded travel conglomerate (she was voted one of travels most powerful women) that was sold to expedia.com where she stayed on as COO of the acquired entity. As Vice President of Finance for the Gap Debbie managed a staff of 250 people and a budget of $250M and won an award for her leadership skills. Debbie started her career in public accounting and holds an inactive California CPA license. Debbie began supporting 10BH as a volunteer Role Model December 2012, and since June 2013 has stepped up her commitment to help 10BH develop a financial accounting system.
Graphic Design and Brand Image Development,Paloma Lucas
Paloma Lucas is an experienced and creative graphic designer, graphic artist, printmaker and visual designer. After migrating from her beloved Spain, she has been living in Mountain View, CA for over 20 years. Paloma is a freelance graphic designer who runs her own design studio, Paloma Lucas Design. Paloma has a penchant for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and chocolate (especial dark). As a professional graphic designer, her projects range from brand identity development to designing and illustrating logos, brochures, posters, and promotional materials. As an artist, she uses both digital and traditional media to give a visual voice to her ideas. Her creativity is fueled by her passion, sense of aesthetics, thrill for challenges, natural intuition, and few cups of coffee per day. Paloma has a Certificate of Achievement in Graphic & Interactive Design from Foothill College, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a BS Business Administration from Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
Marketing and Creative Content, Kate Carey
Kate is and Associate at New Venture Communications, a boutique technology public relations and marketing agency in San Mateo. In her role at New Venture Communications, she collaborates on activities ranging from strategic planning, to drafting and execution for a variety of clients in the high tech industry. Kate grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in History. Kate has worked with 10 Books A Home in both administrative roles and as a volunteer Role Model since the beginning of the Living Room Literacy program in the winter of 2012.
Community Development, Allison McQueen
Allison joined the advisory board for 2014, representing Community Development. Allison was introduced to 10BH in 2013, as chairman of the Community Grants Committee with the Junior League of Palo Alto. Allison investigated 10BH’s application, and 10BH was ultimately approved for a $5,000 grant from the Junior League. At the grant awards presentation, 10BH was selected as a featured grant, a special honor. Allison gave an impassioned speech about 10BH, and she and Paul and stayed in touch. Through her own volunteer work, Allison has seen firsthand the power of 1:1 mentoring relationships. Although labor intensive, they prove to be the most effective and long-lasting. Allison continues her relationship with a young girl she mentored in college (a 15 year relationship), volunteered at the San Mateo Boys & Girls Club as a homework tutor for 8 years, and through the Junior League has mentored clients at Shelter Network on life skills and served as a tutor for Project Read at the Redwood City Library. Allison’s professional background is in Corporate Retail, having worked for Macy’s, Gap, and now Banana Republic in strategy, product analysis, and financial planning, leading functional and cross-functional teams. She has been a Community Leader at Gap Inc for the past eight years, promoting and organizing voluntarism for the company. As a young girl, Allison was quite the bookworm, known to devour a Nancy Drew book in one day! She hopes that all children find joy by getting lost in a book. Allison is married to Jonathan Felder, a social studies teacher at East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy. They are proud parents to a future bookworm, Violet, born in 2013.
Community Development, Barbara Millin
Barbara Millin graduated from New York University with a BA in Sociology. After teaching English as a second language in Israel for a year, she was a caseworker in the Department of Welfare in New York City and later in San Francisco. When she moved to the Peninsula, she worked several years in East Palo Alto as a recreation therapist for San Mateo County Department of Mental Health. In 1984 she started her own business teaching cooking and developing programs for single adults. Since selling her business (for 600 million dollars, not) in 2009, she has volunteered for nonprofits which she views as doing important work including 10 Books A Home, Reading Partners, and Rebuild Hope.
Grant Development, Mary Enright
Mary comes to 10 Books A Home with careers in education and law as well as institutional fundraising for non-profit educational, health and social service organizations. She currently serves as a Role Model for 10BH and is also a reading tutor for low income elementary and middle school children at Reading Partners and Building Futures Now. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University, a JD from the University of San Francisco, and studied human rights law at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Not surprisingly, in her free time, Mary likes to read.
Technology and Creative Content, Shaun Giudici
Shaun was born in Boston, MA where he earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University. After college he moved to the Bay Area and began working as a sysadmin and software tools developer at NetApp, Inc. He also volunteered web design and implementation services for Justice International, a non-profit promoting democracy; together they built a social network for Venezuelans living abroad. Shaun will graduate in 2015 with a Masters of Information Management and Systems at UC Berkeley. He is interested in technology and how people interact with it. Shaun joined 10BH as a Role Model in 2013 and has throughly enjoyed watching his mentees grow. Since joining he has stepped up his involvement to include website redesign, event coordination and ideation to increase the organization's impact and effectiveness.
Website Development, Paul Thiebaut Jr.
Paul Jr. began his volunteer work with 10BH by being a great listener as his son discussed his ideas for founding 10BH. Quickly, Paul Jr. increased his involvement by developing a website for the nonprofit. On October 18, 2009, Paul Jr. launched 10BH’s first website. As of 2013 and 2 website launches later, Paul Jr. is in the process of developing the fourth version of 10BH’s website. Paul Jr.’s devotion to helping 10BH succeed is just one of the qualities that make him a great father – and an iconic web developer.
Pro Bono Service Providers
Intellectual Property, Lisa Greenwald-Swire, Principal, Fish and Richardson
Lisa is an attorney in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson, a global intellectual property law firm. She and her all-star legal team have supported 10BH since 2012, and are thrilled with the impact that 10BH is making on early childhood education readiness. Ms. Greenwald-Swire's practice emphasizes trademarks and she is a member of the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Group. She has extensive law firm experience that includes U.S. and international trademark counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, trademark and copyright infringement, domain name disputes, and licensing issues. Fish & Richardson has represented 10BH performing search and registration of the following marks:
- 10 BOOKS A HOME
- BOOKHOUSE LOGO